5 virtual escape rooms you can solve from the comfort of your home

Sometimes, for fun, people lock themselves in lavishly decorated rooms and argue desperately over made-up problems until they run out of time or manage to remove themselves from the situation. Montreal has a wide range of such spaces, including globally ranked and locally loved challenges. Obviously we’re talking about escape rooms, and there are enough to keep you busy for years.

But if you’d rather not leave your house — or if you can’t, for various understandable reasons — it can be a little sad to miss the chaotic adventure of a room in person. Luckily, some escape game companies offer fully remote virtual games that you can play while sitting on your favorite couch.

For beginners, intermediate gamers, and everything in between, here’s a quick list of some creative virtual escapes you can try out with your friends, colleagues, or (maybe) even family.

Blackbeard’s Prison

Company: Scape Laval

Duration: 1 hour

Price: $23 per person

Why you should try it: In this game, you and your friends are trapped in Blackbeard’s prison and must work together to get out before the pirates return to seal your fate. You will need a minimum of four players, who must complete all the challenges in an hour or less to win.

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The Grand Immersia Hotel

Company: Immersia

Duration: 1 hour

Price: $119.96 for four seats, $30 for each additional player

Why you should try it: Immersia is a highly rated escape room game company, offering many immersive in-person and online experiences. This Zoom-based virtual escape room follows the same story as one of their hits: The Grand Immersia Hotel, which has a 45% in-person solve rate. You and your team are trapped by a mysterious figure who wants to prevent the official opening of the hotel, and you must find a way to save the hotel – and yourselves – before it’s too late.

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Memoir of a Spy

Company: Challenge-Evasion

Duration: 1h45 to 2h

Price: $17.40 per person

Why you should try it: More of a mission than an escape, this spy story takes you and a recommended maximum of 5 other players into a secret world. In this game, you are all spies working for an agency. Every morning it seems your memories of the recent past mysteriously disappear. It’s up to you to follow the clues and figure out what’s happening to you – and why.

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The Piccadilly cabaret

Company: Immersia

Duration: 1 hour

Price: $119.96 for four seats, $30 for each additional player

Why you should try it: Another reimagining of an Immersia classic in person, this room places you and your crew in a 1930s cabaret, where a famous diva performed. The cabaret is now doomed, and you’ve all decided (for better or worse) to explore the premises, despite rumors that the woman’s vengeful ghost stalks the halls. This room is well suited for two to six players and has a 40% in-person solve rate. If you’re looking for a challenge, this might be the room for you.

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Locked! in the library

Company: Challenge-Evasion

Duration: 1h to 1h15

Price: $17.40 per person

Why you should try it: This bedroom is easier and suitable for children as young as ten. You and your team – ideally no more than six people in total – quietly studied in the library, only to lose track of time afterwards. When you come to your senses, you realize that the library is now locked, and to make matters worse, your phone is dead! It’s up to you to find your way out of the building before you end up having to sleep there!

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